9 Feb , 2014

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Fox News Poll: By 2-to-1 margin Americans believe in More Guns, Less Crime

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This result is from a Fox News poll given from January 15-17, 2013, and so it was done right after the Newtown attack. Presumably the results at other times would have been even more lopsided.

Still the Fox News survey is possibly biased in that it compares a complete ban with some more gun ownership.…

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7 Feb , 2014

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CPRC debates Paul Helmke at East Carolina University over conceal handguns on college campuses

A short video of the debate from News Channel 12 is available here:

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More on the debate is available from the East Carolina University school newspaper. Amazingly, the debate received news coverage at least as far away as Montana.
From WSLS TV:

East Carolina University hosted a debate on the controversial issues of guns and gun control.

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7 Feb , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans”

John Lott’s piece at Fox News started this way:

Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.

Last week, on January 31, ABC News saturated its news programs with the alleged danger of gun ownership.

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4 Feb , 2014

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Fewer than 1 percent of state prison inmates obtained their guns at the time of offense from gun shows, costs of regulations exceed benefits


What is interesting is the remarkable consistency of the rate that criminals obtained their guns from gun shows (a copy of the earlier report is available here).

One problem with using these surveys is that people think that if one were to actually stop all criminals from obtaining guns from gun shows or through some other way, that will actually stop the criminals from getting guns.…

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4 Feb , 2014

CPRC on the Bill Martinez national radio show to discuss ABC News’ Special on Guns

The audio of John Lott’s interview on the Bill Martinez’s show that dealt with ABC News’ Special is available here.

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2 Feb , 2014

CPRC in the Christian Science Monitor: How law-abiding are concealed handgun permit holders

From the article in the Christian Science Monitor:

Arguments for concealed carry

“I don’t argue that there are no problems with [concealed-carry permit holders], but when you look at the data it’s pretty hard to find any other group in the population that’s as law-abiding as” permitted gun carriers, says John Lott Jr., an economist and gun-rights advocate and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.”

“The type of person who’s going to go through the process of getting a concealed-carry permit is not the kind of person you have to worry about,” he says.

31 Jan , 2014

CPRC at National Review Online: “The Cruelty of Gun-Free Zones”

The piece at National Review starts off this way:

Tuesday night, President Obama vowed to “help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters and our shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”

But before he continues pushing his typical gun-control agenda, he should consider what law enforcement in Europe and the United States advise.

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31 Jan , 2014

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ABC News’ extremely misleading report on dangers of guns in homes: Instead of asking neighbors if they own guns, ask them if a gang member lives there


ABC News special report, “Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special”

Diane Sawyer: “Every hour a child is rushed to the emergency room because of gun shots.”

David Muir: “Looking at children and guns, the most recent statistics from 2009. And take a look tonight, they are eyeopening. The new numbers are arresting.

30 Jan , 2014

How often are people mistaken as home invaders and accidentally shot?: It looks to be extremely rare

We get this question often. It comes out of claims made by Arthur Kellermann and his research claiming the risk about having guns in the home. No official government statistics are collected on such cases, so we decided to do a news search to get a rough idea of the magnitude of these cases.…

27 Jan , 2014

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Arrest rates and racial inequality

A new study published in Crime & Delinquency claims that whites have fairly high arrest rates has been given attention by the Associated Press, Reuters, UPI, New York Daily News, Newsday, and Salon. International coverage includes the UK Daily Mail and India Talkies. The problem is that blacks are much more likely than whites to be arrested relative to whites than this new study appears to find.…